Yakima County Development Association - Utilities

Utilities

Yakima County enjoys reliable and affordable sources of natural gas, electricity, water, and other utilities.  Electric power costs are among the lowest in the nation, offering a crucial advantage to a variety of companies whose need cost effective electricity.  Yakima County offers growing companies first-class utility services:

Electricity

Hydroelectric dams on the Columbia and Snake Rivers provide Washington state with some of the lowest electric rates in the nation. Yakima County is served by two electric utilities companies, Pacific Power & Light Company, an investor-owned utility, and the Benton County Rural Electric Association.

Formed in 1910, Pacific Power & Light started from several small electric companies and served 7,000 customers in Astoria and Pendleton in Oregon, and Yakima and Walla Walla in Washington. Pacific Power serves portions of Yakima, Benton and Kittitas counties in the Yakima Valley. Building enduring relationships by working closely with state and local partners, PPL  helps communities enhance their economic vitality – attracting top companies and high-paying jobs.  For local inquires contact:

Toby Freeman
Regional Business Manager
Pacific Power
500 North Keys Road
Yakima, WA 98901
509-575-3115
509-575-3113 Fax
509-406-1057 Cellular
Pacific Power

Benton REA Cooperative's mission is to provide affordable, and reliable energy and other member driven compatible services that enhance the quality of life for all our members. What makes electric cooperatives like Benton REA so unique when compared to any other form of utility is that you, the member, are an owner of the cooperative. As an owner, you truly have a voice is how Benton REA operates. Benton REA serves parts of the Sunnyside community and east. For local inquires contact:

Troy Berglund
Benton REA, Community Development & Member Relations
(800)-221-6987
(509) 786-2913
www.bentonrea.org

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Natural Gas

Cascade Natural Gas Corporation distributes natural gas throughout Yakima County and quality service is available for all types of installations. An ample supply of natural gas from both U.S. and Canadian sources is expected to meet anticipated future demand.
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Solid Waste Disposal

Solid waste collection service is available throughout the region by municipal systems or private companies. There are two solid waste landfills and one transfer station within Yakima County. The area also offers recycling centers for a number of items.
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Wastewater

Several cities in the Yakima Valley operate their own permitted industrial waste water treatment programs. The Port of Sunnyside operates a system dedicated to the treatment of industrial waste. The regional treatment plant operated by the city of Yakima also has a delegated industrial pretreatment program in place.
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Telecommunications

Digital telecommunications service is available to Yakima County customers through CenturyLink, Integra, and Charter Communications.  Fiber optic cables serve most areas within the county. There are several companies that offer competitive long distance and cellular services including Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and others.  Due in part to technological advances such as these, Yakima County is particularly well-suited for call centers and related industries.
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"...the cost of doing business is much lower in Yakima and I think that's attractive to a lot of companies today." - Larry Benaroya, CEO, The Benaroya Company